Report: Why Is GBV Relevant to Reproductive Health?
New IGWG Policy Brief, June 2010
Around the world, gender-based violence (GBV) is often viewed as a protection or legal rights issue, rather than a public health concern.
This two-page brief succinctly answers the question “Why Is GBV Relevant to Reproductive Health?” Produced for the IGWG by Population Reference Bureau and funded by USAID, the brief outlines the sheer magnitude of GBV and its impacts on many reproductive health outcomes, including unintended pregnancy, maternal and child health, and STIs/HIV.
It is a valuable resource for gender and development advocates making the case to policymakers as to why GBV is a public health matter they must address.
"Gender-based violence has gained prominence around the world as a grave violation of human and legal rights. But it is equally important that it be recognized, and addressed, as a prime barrier to reproductive health—a barrier that prevents women, families, and countries from achieving their full potential. This brief presents background on the frequency of gender-based violence and outlines the ways in which it is an impediment to health passed on from generation to generation."
To access the brief, go to http://www.prb.org/igwg_media/gbv-impediment-to-RH.pdf.